Tuesday, December 30, 2014

MY HOPE


In Christ alone, my hope is found.
In Mary, His mother, my requests land on fertile ground.

With her love, for all her Son’s people
She brings to Him, the pleas of all the feeble.

She brings to Him our requests that find favor
And asks that He grant them for all who labor

Here on earth seeking heaven’s gates
Guarded by Peter, founder of the Church, Earth seems to hate.

In MARY alone I find Jesus Christ, incarnate.
In MARY’S womb alone I find God made flesh.
In MARY’S heart alone I find the sword of Simeon’s prophecy.
In MARY’S soul alone, I find the Mother and Nurturer and Bearer and Lover of Jesus Christ, who is GOD.
I’d say there is much hope to be found in Mary, because God willed Himself to be found in Her from all eternity, and She said yes.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

HATRED FOR SIN

Jesus, let my hate of sin not be from fear of hell but love of you.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

HAPPY CHRISTMAS



LIKE THE SHEPHERDS OF BETLEHEM, LET US ADORE HIM AND GIVE HIM OUR HEARTS SO THAT HE MAY SET UP HIS ABODE IN THEM.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

CHRISTMAS EVE

theraccolta:

Immaculate Mary, refuge of sinners, pray for us!

MARY IMMACULATE, MOTHER OF JESUS, HELP US WALK THE WAY THAT LEADS US TO YOUR SON.

DO YOU BELEIVE THAT HER SON'S COMING INTO THE WORLD CHANGED EVERTHING, AND STILL DOES?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

LEST WE FORGET

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:13-16)
Art: Yongsung Kim, tumblr

You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:13-16)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PRAYERS

If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more;
 and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them

A SECOND THOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS


Our King does not have a crown of gold; He has a crown of thorns. He is born in a manger in a lowly place on the edge of an Empire of which He is the Ruler.
Infact He is the ruler of the whole universe.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Enter into yourself, O my soul, and seriously weigh what it means to lose God.
St. Anthony Mary Claret

Monday, December 8, 2014

MARY IMMACULATE


Such was Mary, that her life is an example for all. Have then before your eyes, as an image, the virginity and life of Mary from whom as from a mirror shines forth the brightness of chastity and the form of virtue.

St. Ambrose, (De Virginib. L. ii., c. ii.)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

LAST JUDGEMENT

theraccolta:

"For the Lord himself shall come down from heaven with commandment, and with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead who are in Christ, shall rise first.Then we who are alive, who are left, shall be taken up together with them in the clouds to meet Christ, into the air, and so shall we be always with the Lord. Wherefore, comfort ye one another with these words.” 
- 1 Thessalonians 4: 15-17

"For the Lord himself shall come down from heaven with commandment, and with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead who are in Christ, shall rise first.Then we who are alive, who are left, shall be taken up together with them in the clouds to meet Christ, into the air, and so shall we be always with the Lord. Wherefore, comfort ye one another with these words.”
- 1 Thessalonians 4: 15-17

Thursday, December 4, 2014

SEVER THOSE TIES

BURN YOUR SHIPS
"When the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico in 1519, he discovered that he was up against a powerful empire. With 600 men and a few horses and canons he was to face the Aztecs, a vast empire whose capital was larger than any city in Spain, and whose bloody religious festivals saw tens of thousands of human lives sacrificed in a weekend.
His men were justifiably terrified. They wanted to hop back in their ships and sail home.
So Cortés burned the ships.    
Amazingly, they somehow prevailed against the Empire, but only after there was really no possibility of turning back. 
We need to have this same mentality when faced with the temptation to go back to the old life. Are there sins that still hold allure to you? You need to sever those ties! If you find yourself looking back with fondness for some sin, say a prayer that God will give you grace to strengthen your resolve, that you may walk in the light of life.”
- Josh Canning, Canadian Catholic
Song: Burn the Ships - Steven Curtis Chapman
BURN YOUR SHIPS

"When the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés 

arrived on the shores of Mexico in 1519, he 

discovered that he was up against a powerful 

empire. With 600 men and a few horses and 

canons he was to face the Aztecs, a vast empire

 whose capital was larger than any city in Spain,

 and whose  religious festivals saw tens of 

thousands of human lives sacrificed in a weekend.


His men were justifiably terrified. They wanted to

 hop back in their ships and sail home.


So Cortés burned the ships.    


 There was really no possibility of turning back. 


We need to have this same mentality when faced 

with the temptation to go back to the old life. Are 

there sins that still hold allure to you? You need to

sever those ties! If you find yourself looking back 

with fondness for some sin, say a prayer that God 

will give you grace to strengthen your resolve, that

you may walk in the light of life.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

GENUFLECTION

Be a Catholic: When you kneel before an altar, do it in such a way that others may be able to recognize that you know before whom you kneel.

Monday, December 1, 2014

STAND UP AND BE COUNTED THESE DAYS


If you happen to be eating  in a restaurant, do you feel ashamed to say your prayer before setting down to eat?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CHRIST, CHRIST AND ALWAYS CHRIST



“ Having more of this world never fulfills. Only more of Christ does. ”

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

APOSTOLATE FOR GOD


If people would do for God what they do for the world, what a great number of christians would go to heaven.

St. John Vianney

Monday, November 24, 2014

FAITH AND TRUST

childofthesavior:

Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.
God holds the world in His hand, yet still sees such small details.

Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.
God holds the world in His hand, yet still sees such small details.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

JESUS LOVES US

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." – John 3:16
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that 

whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal 

life." – John 3:16

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TO BE A CHRISTIAN IS A SOURCE OF JOY

Many people perceive Christianity as something institutional — rather than as an encounter with Christ — which explains why they don’t see it as a source of joy.

Pope Benedict XVI

Monday, November 17, 2014

THE HOLY EUCHARIST

The Blessed Virgin Mary, two Communicants and Pope Saint Pius X holding The Eucharist crushing Satan.

THE HOLY EUCHARIST IS THE SUREST WAY TO CRUSH SATAN AND HIS AGENTS.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

GOD'S MERCY

"Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your ground courageously. And assuredly, the angel who guards you will honour your patience." - St. John Climacus
"And even if the sins of soul are as dark as night, when the sinner turns to My mercy he gives Me the greatest praise and is the glory of My Passion." – Our Lord to Saint Faustina

"Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your ground courageously. And assuredly, the angel who guards you will honour your patience." - St. John Climacus

"And even if the sins of soul are as dark as night, when the sinner turns to My mercy he gives Me the greatest praise and is the glory of My Passion." – Our Lord to Saint Faustina

Thursday, November 6, 2014

TEMPTATIONS

twocrowns:

The devil only tempts those souls that wish to abandon sin and those that are in a state of grace. The others belong to him; he has no need to tempt them.
—St. Jean Vianney, the Curé of Ars  
The devil only tempts those souls that wish 


to abandon sin

 and those that are in a state of grace. The others belong to

 him; he has no need to tempt them.

 —St. Jean Vianney, the Curé of Ars  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

PRAYER

We must take great care never to do anything before having said our morning prayers…The devil once declared that if he could have the first moment of the day, he was sure of all the rest.

St. John Vianney

Sunday, November 2, 2014

DEATH

blackpaint20:

 Paolo Vincenzo Bonomini, 1757-1839 Allegory of Death oil on canvas 
"Inverting the traditional symbolism of a vanitas, the Bergamesque artist Vincenzo Bonomini depicts the morbid reality of death with exuberant playfulness in this painting. A grinning head is attached to an animated skeletal corpus, shunning the customary representation of a decaying skull covered in cobwebs, while the skeleton, complete with his jauntily cocked knee, seems to be resting before continuing on its way. The hourglass, still quite full of sand, is carelessly held while the skeleton perches on slabs of marble, the principle components for a tomb. Bonomini’s paintings for Santa Grata inter Vites in Bergamo perfectly exemplify his treatment of ‘living’ skeletons. The six paintings of I Macabri, traditionally exhibited in the church only for All Souls Day, portray a veritable skeletal family, completely clothed and going about their daily business: a carpenter with his tools, an elegant couple adorned with hats and finery, a soldier with his drum, two monks bowed in prayer, and a peasant couple resting in the countryside. Included in the painting cycle is an artist painting ‘The Grim Reaper’, in reality a self-portrait of Bonomini with his wife (fig. 1).Although it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where the artist’s interest in death stems from, the loss of his mother and three siblings during his adolescence surely affected the development of his witty fascination in the macabre”
Source;www.invaluable.com

DEATH IS ONE THING THAT MAN CANNOT ESCAPE.
IT IS SURE TO COME
WHEN, NO ONE KNOWS
AND
IT IS ONLY ONCE THAT WE DIE.

SO BE PREPARED FOR THAT DAY.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

HOLY SOULS



Let us commend to Jesus Christ and His Holy Mother the Holy Souls in Purgatory, in particular those of our relatives, benefactors, friends, and enemies; especially those for whom we are bound to pray; and let us offer our prayers for them, pondering over the great sufferings which these spouses of Christ endure.

Friday, October 31, 2014

JOY

Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy.
— 
Pope Paul VI

Thursday, October 30, 2014

ACTION IS WHAT MATTERS

Of what use is it to make the Sign of the Cross upon your body if the Sign of the Cross is not upon your heart?God does not want us to simply make pictures of His signs,but to act upon them.
— St Augustine, On Psalm 50:1


Of what use is it to make the Sign of the Cross upon your 
body if the Sign of the Cross is not upon your heart?
God does not want us to simply make pictures of His signs,
but to act upon them.
— St Augustine, On Psalm 50:1

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

HOW TO FOLLOW JESUS

The throne of grace is the cross on which Jesus sits to dispense graces and mercy to all who come to him. 
But we must quickly have recourse to him, if we would find seasonable aid for our salvation: for there will come a time perhaps when we shall no longer be able to find it. 
Let us go quickly then and embrace the cross of Jesus Christ, and let us go with great confidence. 
Let us not be frightened by the sight of our miseries; in Jesus crucified we shall find all riches, all grace.”

St. Alphonsus Liguori

Monday, October 20, 2014

GOD'S LOVE

"In the pierced heart of the Crucified, God’s own heart is opened up — here we see who God is and what he is like. Heaven is no longer locked up. God has stepped out of his hiddenness."

POPE BENEDICT XVI

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LOVE FOR MARY

Love our Lady. And she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle.
— 
St. Josemaria EscrivA

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WHAT KIND OF CHURCH DO YOU WANT?

We do not want a church that moves with the world, but we want a church that moves with the Lord.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

POSITIVE THINKING


Stop worrying about what you have to lose and start thinking about what you have to gain.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

THE ROSARY

Cardinal Timothy Dolan prays the rosary on steps of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem while on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. (January 2012)
Photo: Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer

Do you know who this person sitting on the steps of the Holy sepulchre and  receiting the rosary is?

Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Monday, October 6, 2014

WHY THE ROSARY?

Satan is trying to limit you saying the Holy Rosary because he knows that praying the Holy Rosary limits him and puts his at a very great disadvantage.

One day when Blessed Alan was saying Mass, Our Lord, Who wished to spur him on to preach the Holy Rosary, spoke to him in the Sacred Host: “How can you crucify Me again so soon?” Jesus said. “What did you say, Lord?” asked Blessed Alan, horrified. “You crucified Me once before by your sins,” answered Jesus, “and I would willingly be crucified again rather than have My Father offended by the sins you used to commit. You are crucifying Me again now because you have all the learning and understanding that you need to preach My Mother’s Rosary, and you are not doing so. If you only did this you could teach many souls the right path and lead them away from sin - but you are not doing so and so you yourself are guilty of the sins that they commit.” This terrible reproach made Blessed Alan solemnly resolve to preach the Rosary unceasingly.


St. Louis Marie de Montfort

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY

Mysteries of the Rosary

Archbishop Fulton Sheen: PRAYING THE ROSARY

J.M.J.

From the earliest days, the Church asked its faithful to recite the one hundred and fifty Psalms of David. This custom still prevails among priests, who recite some of these Psalms every day. 

However, it was not easy for anyone to memorize the one hundred and fifty Psalms. Then, too, before the invention of printing, it was difficult to procure a book of the Psalms. That is why certain important books like the Bible had to be chained like telephone books are today; otherwise people would have run off with them.
Incidentally, this gave rise to the stupid lie that the Church would not allow anyone to read the Bible, because it was chained. The fact is, it was chained just so people could read it. The telephone book is chained, too, but it s more consulted than any book in modern civilization!

The people who could not read one hundred and fifty Psalms wanted to do something to make up for it. Therefore, they substituted one hundred and fifty Hail Marys. They broke up these one hundred and fifty, in the manner of the Acathist, into fifteen decades, or series of ten. Each part was to be said while meditating on a different aspect of the Life of Our Lord.

To keep the decades separate, each one of them began with the Our Father and ended with the Doxology of Praise to the Trinity.
St. Dominic, who died in 1221, received from the Blessed Mother the command to preach and to popularize this devotion for the good of souls, for conquest over evil, and for the prosperity of Holy Mother Church and thus gave us the Rosary in its present classical form.

…It is objected that there is much repetition in the Rosary because the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary are said so often; therefore some say it is monotonous.

That reminds me of a woman who came to see me one evening after instructions. She said, “I would never become a Catholic. You say the same words in the Rosary over and over again, and anyone who repeats the same words is never sincere. I would never believe anyone who repeated his words and neither would God.”

I asked her who the man was with her. She said he was her fiancé. I asked: “Does he love you?” “Certainly, he does,” “But how do you know?” “He told me.” “What did he say?”
"He said ‘I love you.’"
"When did he tell you last?"
"About an hour ago."
"Did he tell you before?"
"Yes, last night."
"What did he say?"
"I love you."
"But never before?"
"He tells me every night."
I said: “Do not believe him. He is repeating; he is not sincere.”

The beautiful truth is that there is no repetition in, “I love you.” Because there is a new moment of time, another point inn space, the words do not mean the same as they did at another time or space.

Love is never monotonous in the uniformity of its expression. The mind is infinitely variable in its language, but the heart is not. The heart of a man, in the face of the woman he loves, is too poor to translate the infinity of his affection into a different word. So the heart takes one expression, “I love you,” and in saying it over and over again, it never repeats. It is the only real news in the universe. That is what we do when we say the Rosary, we are saying to God, the Trinity, to the Incarnate Saviour, to the Blessed Mother: “I love you, I love you, I love you.”

Each time it means something different because, at each decade, our mind is moving to a new demonstration of the Saviour’s love.
The Rosary is the best therapy for these distraught, unhappy, fearful, and frustrated souls, precisely because it involves the simultaneous use of three powers: the physical, the vocal, and the spiritual, and in that order.

The Rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the Rosary is beyond description.”

If you wish to convert anyone to the fullness of the knowledge of Our Lord and to His Mystical Body, then teach him the Rosary. One of two things will happen. Either he will stop saying the Rosary — or he will get the gift of faith.